Nepal asks foreign rescue workers to withdraw, but is it upset with India over 'undue publicity'?
news Monday, May 04, 2015 - 05:30
The Nepal government on Monday reportedly asked India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, along with other foreign rescue team workers, to wind up relief operations in the quake hit state. A PTI report quotes home ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhaka as saying, "Its more than eight days after the earthquake. The rescue teams have served their purpose and we are very thankful to them. The Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee has recommended the government to thank these teams for the work they have done for Nepal so that they can exit the country. It is up to the government to take a call now." However, according to CNN-IBN sources, Nepal is upset with India over the undue publicity at a time of crisis and so wants the teams to return. The Nepal PM's office also said that the locals were upset over the presence of foreign agencies in the country. Rubbishing all reports of a tiff between the government of Nepal and India, OP Singh, NDRF DG told the channel, "This report is false. Search and rescue teams from all countries have been asked to leave and India is among them. India has not received any official statement from Nepal." Singh added that no teams of the NDRF have been withdrawn from Nepal till now and that medical teams from India will continue to stay in the region. Rescue and relief teams from around 34 countries have been working in Nepal after a major quake hit the country on April 25. Only recently, Nepalese citizens voiced their annoyance at the presence of the Indian media in their country, with the hashtag #GoHomeIndianMedia trending on Twitter. Read: Indian media insensitive during Nepal quake coverage? #GoHomeIndianMedia stirs debate